As mercury reaches breaking point, the unrelenting summer has another innocent victim within its reach, your precious pet!
Heat strokes, allergens, pests, and ticks – all get a boost in summer. In this blog post, we have brought you tips on how to help your dog this season.
What’s causing my dog’s itch?
There could be various reasons causing your dog to scratch – most commonly it could be an allergic reaction to flea bites, environmental allergens, and food allergy. This can cause a rash, itching, and hair loss.
We recommend Himalaya Erina’s range of shampoos, conditioners, and powder to provide your puppy with that much-needed health guard against the summer devils.
Erina shampoo contains the goodness of Eucalyptus (Tailaparni) has antiseptic and germicidal properties, which keep insects at bay and promote overall skin health.
Food to help comfort your dog’s itching
Grain and gluten-free foods go a long way in helping calm your dog’s skin agitation. Please also consult your vet to check if the meat in-take in your dog’s diet is causing an allergic reaction.
See Also: How to treat dog ticks and flea bites?
Here are some more food items that may help calm your dog:
- Try adding yoghurt to your dog’s diet as it has calming properties.
- Coconut oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties. That means it can reduce yeast and fungus on contact. It is also very healing for irritated skin, hot spots, abrasions, and cracked paws.
- Adding fish oil to the dog’s food can help with skin conditions. You may also rub it on your dog’s skin.
Dog itch cure – Tips to help your dog’s itching
- Wipe your dog each time he goes in and out of the house.
- Dust and vacuum the house more – your dog may be allergic to dust (another common environmental dog allergy).
- Give weekly baths with medicated shampoo (either vet prescribed OR store-bought – ask the vet for suggestions). Weekly baths will help remove allergens, don’t use hot water.
- Commercial dog food has far too many ingredients so it will be difficult for you to isolate the components she is allergic to. If you can, start giving her home-cooked food, with the least number of ingredients.
Animals, humans and dogs, can scratch for many reasons. Fleas, ticks, fungal infections, bacterial infections, environmental allergies, food allergies, underlying conditions such as thyroid… if the at-home remedies don’t work, please take your pet to the vet without any further delay. A diagnostic procedure would help the vet suggest the root of the itchiness – allergic reaction – food/pollen, skin issues, anxiety-induced etc. instead of trying to address it on the surface.